The Assam Health Department has issued modified guidelines for management of COVID-19 patients in in the state on Wednesday stating that no emergency procedure (including surgeries and deliveries) should be delayed for lack of a COVID-19 test.

The new guidelines stated that any patient coming to casualty or emergency facilities in medical colleges, district hospitals and other government and private health institutions, need not be made waiting for COVID test results unless the patient is specifically having COVID related symptoms.

The guidelines also stated that asymptomatic patients undergoing surgical or non-surgical invasive procedures including pregnant women in/near labour who are hospitalized for delivery should not be tested unless warranted or symptoms develop.

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Patients should not be referred to other facilities for lack of a testing facility and all arrangements should be made to collect and transfer samples to testing facilities, mapped to the health facility.

“However, the health care professionals shall strictly adhere to all COVID appropriate precautions including personal protection equipment as per guidelines and ensure that the health professionals are not exposed to COVID due to ignorance/negligence while on duty”, the guidelines said.

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Patients who stand discharged as per home isolation guidelines and Patients being discharged from a COVID-19 facility as per revised discharge policy need not get tested at the time of discharge.

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